Cleaning for the Fall Requires a Checklist
Fall is another one of those transitional periods. That means you are either cleaning up from the last season or preparing for the next one. You might need to clean up after the summer months, get ready for more indoor activity, or prepare for the holidays. It is similar to spring cleaning, only you are transitioning from summer activity to fall and winter activity. Whether you need house cleaning or apartment cleaning, this will allow you to enjoy the comfort of home.
After a summer of camping, sports, and frenetic activity, it is time to settle in and address the mess, store the summer stuff, and make the nest comfy. The first step to efficient cleaning is to know that a tidy home is always easier to clean than a messy one. So, declutter first. Our checklist can help you with that as well.
The Check List
It makes the tasks a lot clearer if you focus on one room at a time. We’ve done that work for you. Here is a room-by-room checklist.
- Clean the inside of your dishwasher: Dishwashers need periodic cleaning to avoid calcium stains and to maintain their ability to get your dishes clean.
- Clean the kitchen sink: Cleaning the kitchen sink is simple but necessary on a regular basis. This job requires some baking soda and a sponge. Performed regularly, this can keep your sink looking and smelling fresh.
- Clean the cabinets: Including the contents, and the doors. This also gives you the chance to throw away expired material.
- Clean the grouts: If you have a tiled floor or backsplash, this job should be performed regularly.
- Disinfect the garbage can and recycle bin: It is a great time to get these containers ready for refuse.
- Clean the oven: While the temperatures are still mild is a good time to clean the oven, because you can open the windows while it cleans and whether a newer self-cleaning oven or an older oven that requires a chemical oven cleaner, it is better to have the windows open.
- Vacuum all upholstery, underneath and behind: Dust, hair, and dirt can accumulate over time in areas that are rarely seen.
- Clean all electronics including TV and Stereo: These components are electromagnets for dust. This might be a good time to use microfiber.
- Clean baseboards, windowsills, and doorframes: These are details seldom addressed, but an important way to sharpen up a room.
- Wash your bedding and vacuum the mattress: Especially if you have spent time in the great outdoors.
- Change out your closet: Rotate seasonal clothing.
- Clean like the living area: Baseboards, doorframes, and windowsills have been neglected during the summer. Vacuum under and behind all the furniture in the room.
- Clean the grout: Grout needs regular cleaning. Vinegar, ammonia, and even citrus are used.
- Hard water buildup: This is most visible on shower glass in the form of water calcium deposits.
- Showerhead and faucet: Showerheads can get clogged from mineral deposits and soap scum. There are methods used that allow you to keep them attached (soaking in a rubber-banded bag of vinegar for 12 hours) and another (still a vinegar soak) that requires removal.
- Bathtub: Water, baking soda, and dish soap is a great formula to use for normal cleaning. For tougher jobs try a tub and tile cleaner, and you may need to scrub harder with the sponge and baking soda.
- Toilet: As much as we all dislike cleaning toilets, regular cleaning is the secret to success. Also, letting the toilet cleaner soak into the soil on the surface of the toilet is key. Let the detergent do some of the work.
Cleaning4U in the Fall
Obviously, the best way to make sure that your home is ready for the holiday season is to contact our maid services at Cleaning4U. One of the biggest bonuses to fall cleaning is having a house that is ready for the holidays. Contact us now for a walk-through, it’s not too soon to prepare for the holiday season.